CITY OF LAREDO

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

M2007-R-19

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

1110 HOUSTON STREET

LAREDO, TEXAS 78040

OCTOBER 1, 2007

5:30 P.M.

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

            With a quorum present Mayor Raul G. Salinas called the meeting to order.

II.        PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

 

            Mayor Raul G. Salinas led in the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

III.       ROLL CALL

 

            In attendance:

 

            Raul G.  Salinas,                                                                       Mayor

            Mike Garza,                                                                             Council Member, District I

            Hector Garcia,                                                                          Council Member, District II

            Michael Landeck,                                                                     Council Member, District III

            Johnny Amaya,                                                                         Council Member, District IV

            Johnny Rendon,                                                                        Council Member, District V

            Gene Belmares,                                                                        Mayor Pro Tem, District VI

            Juan Chavez                                                                             Council Member, District VII

            Juan Ramirez,                                                                           Council Member, District VIII

            Gustavo Guevara, Jr.,                                                               City Secretary

            Carlos Villarreal,                                                                       City Manager

            Cynthia Collazo,                                                                       Deputy City Manager

            Horacio De Leon,                                                                     Assistant City Manager

            Jesus Olivares,                                                                          Assistant City Manager

            Raul Casso,                                                                              City Attorney

 

IV.       MINUTES

 

            Approval of the minutes of February 28, 2007, July 9, 2007 and August 15, 2007.

 

            Motion to approve.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Amaya

            Second:  Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares

            For:  8                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

 

 

V.        COMMUNICATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS

 

            Recognitions

 

            a.  Recognition of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra for winning the 2007 American

                 Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Award for Innovative Program

                 in Nashville this past June.

 

                 Brendon Townsend, conductor, said that the Orchestra is putting Laredo on the map                               across the country.  The Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra is the Orchestra that represents            the City of Laredo.  He said that he was delighted to bring the name of Laredo to a

                 National Stage in the League of American Orchestras. 

 

            b.  Recognition of Carlos Ramirez of the City Secretary’s Office on his selection as

                 September 2007 Employee of the Month.

 

                 Mayor and City Council publicly recognized Carlos Ramirez, Micro-Computer                          Specialist from the City Secretary’s Office, as the Employee of the Month for September                2007.  Mayor Salinas noted that Carlos Ramirez is an excellent example for all City                       employees.  He commented on what a wonderful employees he is and that he does a

                 phenomenal job in demonstrating customer service.

 

            Communiqués

            a.  A special announcement by John Beckelhymer, President of the Laredo Bucks regarding

                 upcoming hockey season.

 

                 John Beckelhymer, Manager of the Laredo Entertainment Center , announced that the                             Bucks are starting their sixth season and they have won the finals twice.  He said that                               they have covered up some of the seats with signage to effectively make the arena a                  6,500 seat facility for hockey because most of the teams in the league are 5,000 seaters. 

                 He added that they have taken ten of their home games and made them event nights.  

                 The intermission will be filled with top quality entertainment from around the country or

                 participants from the audience will walk away with $5,000 every other game.  On top of

                 that, he said that perfect attendance fans will qualify for a trip to four for Cabos San                  Lucas in a private jet.   

 

            b.  Presentation by Webb County Appraisal District on the re-evaluation criteria.

 

                 Martin Villarreal, Chief Appraisal Interim, gave the following presentation:

 

Webb County Appraisal District Presentation on

One Year versus Three Year Appraisal Plan

 

o       Webb County Appraisal District Background

o       Law Requirements:

o                   Appraisal Plan requirements as per Section 6.05 (i) of Texas Property Tax             Code (TPTC)

o                   Appraisal Plan must meet the requirements of Section 25.18 of TPTC

o                   Texas Property Tax Code Requirements

o       District’s Appraisal Plan (Background)

o       One Year Plan versus Three Year Plan

o       Conclusion

 

                 Webb County Appraisal District Background

 

                 Appraisal Districts were created by the 66yh Legislative Session in 1979

                 Legislative Session in 1979

 

o       Political Subdivision of the State

o       Governed by six directors representing the taxing entities the District serves

o       Responsible to locate, list and appraise property within the county

o       Responsible to provide a single appraisal for each property

o       Valuation should represent 100% of market value

 

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 

o       Recording property configuration changes

o       Ownership changes

o       Administer state and local exemptions

o       Maintain ownership maps

o       Provide appraisal roll information to the taxing entities and the Property Tax Division of the Comptroller’s office.

 

                  Appraisal Plan Requirements as per Section 6.05 (i)

 

                 79th Legislature established Section 6.05 (i) of TPTC, which requires Appraisal District             to develop biennially a written plan for periodic reappraisal of all property within Webb      County. 

 

                 Appraisal Plan Requirements as per Section 6.05 (i)

 

                 1.  Written appraisal plan must meet the requirement of Section 25.18 of TPTC

                 2.  Hold a public hearing on the appraisal plan

                 3.  Approve the plan by resolution

                 4.  Submit copies of the approved plan to each taxing entity, and the Texas Comptroller

                      of Public Accounts.

 

                 Appraisal Plan Requirements as per Section 25.18

 

                 At least once every three years:

 

                 1.  Identify property to be appraised through physical inspections

                 2.  identify relevant characteristics of each appraisal record (account) 

                 3.  Define market area in the District

                4.  Identify property characteristics that affect property value in each market area

 

                 Appraisal Plan Requirements as per Section 25.18

 

                 At least once every three years:

 

                 5.  Develop appraisal models

                 6.  Apply the conclusion reflected on the model

 

                 Appraisal Plan Requirements as per Section 25.18

 

                 7.  Review appraisal results to determine value

 

                 Section 5.10 Ratio Studies – The Comptroller shall conduct an annual review to                        determine degree of uniformity and the median  level of appraisal within each category

                 of property

 

                 Section 5.102  Review of Appraisal Standards – The comptroller reviews to ensure                  compliance of appraisal  standards, procedures, methodology and generally accepted

                 appraisal standards and practices. 

 

                 District’s Appraisal Plan

 

o       On September 112, 2006, the District presented the 2007 and 2008 biennium reappraisal plan

o       Public Hearing was held

o       Action was taken by the Board to approve by resolution the District’s plan

o       Copies were provided to the entities and State Comptrollers office

 

                 Appraisal Plan Reappraisal Decision

 

                 All real property values shall be established annually

                 All real properties shall be reappraised at least once every three years

                 All personal property, mineral, utility, and industrial shall be reappraised annually

 

                 The District’s appraisal plan conformed to all requirements set by law.

 

                  Should the district implement a one-year or a three- year appraisal plan?

 

                  3 Year versus 1 year Plan

 

                 Value adjustments would reflect a three year market increase.  (The last three year                     aggregate residential percentage increase was 21%)

 

                 State audits the District annually and the audit results identify the District’s deficiencies                for the year audited.  Implementing a three year plan would result in:

 

                 The State ratio audits would not be favorable for two out of three years

                 The State Comptroller would take control of WCAD operations for non compliance

                 State will adjust value to reflect market value

                 School Districts would loose State funding.

 

                 Non compliance with Section 23.01 (a) All properties must be appraised and its                            market value as of January 1, of each tax year.

 

                 Property Values Affected:

 

                 Mineral Property

                 Personal Property

                 Residential Property

                 Commercial Property

                 Industrial Property

                 Utility Property

 

                 3 Year versus 1 Year Plan

 

                 CAD’s currently practicing a one year appraisal plan versus three year plan:

 

                 El Paso CAD – One Year Appraisal Plan

                 Jefferson CAD:  One Year Appraisal Plan

                 Hidalgo CAD: One Year

                 Upshur CAD:  One Year

 

                 Other Factors

 

                 Webb County’s real estate market and economy continues to be active:

 

                 2003 – 140,513

                 2004 – 146,431

                 2005 – 152,889

                 2006 – 156,383

                 2007 – 163,065

 

                 WCAD Parcel Analysis

 

                 2003 – 11,101

                 2004 – 5,918

                 2005 – 6,458

                 2006 – 3,494

                 2007 – 6,682

 

                 Taxable Value Comparison

 

                 2000 – 5,737

                 2001 – 6,487

                 2002 – 7,301

                 2003 – 7,630

                 2004 – 8,718

                 2005 – 9,659

                 2006 – 11,947

                 2007 – 12,287

 

                 Overall Tax Levy Comparison

 

                 2000 – 135.53

                 2001 – 152.78

                 2002 – 176.12

                 2003 – 192.64

                 2004 – 217.51

                 2005 – 249.26

                 2006 – 286.07

 

                 Ownership Transfer Analysis

 

                 2003 – 9,641

                 2004 – 10,434

                 2005 – 11,173

                 2006 – 10,593

                 2007 – 4,187

 

                 Conclusion

 

                 In a non active market a three year appraisal plan might be acceptable.  However, in                                active real estate market, this approach might prove detrimental to the District’s

                 operation.

 

                 Based on the data provided, the district must continue to appraise property on a yearly

                 basis so it can maintain appraisal value at market and comply with the requirements of

                 the Property Tax Code.

 

                 On September 12, 2006 Board meeting, the board approved the District’s Annual

                 Appraisal Plan.

 

                 There is a 2007-2008 Reappraisal Plan on file at the City Secretary’s Office. 

           

            Mayor Salinas left at 6:50 p.m.

 

            Citizen comments

 

            Citizens are required to fill out a witness card and identify themselves at the microphone.              Comments should be relevant to City business and delivered in a professional manner.  No             derogatory remarks will be permitted.  There is a time limit of three minutes per speaker.

 

            John Kennedy, General Manager of Dimmit Utilities Water Supply Corporation, announced             that he was pleased that on July 2, 2007 Citibank announced that they would finance their             project without risk to the City of Laredo.  The price for one gallon of water would be $2.27             until the project was paid off.  He said that Citibank answered a lot of questions.  He     continued by saying that his team has been working diligently to find additional savings       while they have not been in active negotiations with the City.  He further explained that he             was in attendance to say that he is pleased to announced that they have been successful in finding new options in creating a cost savings to the City of Laredo.

 

            Cm. Garza congratulated all the departments that worked hard installing the new             equipments in the City Council Chambers. He advised that the information of the 3-1-1 has             been submitted for review.  Finally, he thanked Pastor Jimmy Bufford for his words of   wisdom prior to Council.

 

            Cm. Garcia thanked City Manager and their staff for being at the LAS Kick Off Luncheon.              He noted that his brother has been afflicted with LAS for three years and it is very difficult             for the family to see him struggling with the disease that has confined him to a wheelchair.              He thanked Council Member Chavez for suggesting the installation of a new voting        machine for City Council. 

 

            Cm. Landeck expressed his satisfaction with a new direction that Council has taken       regarding the streets that are having problems when it rains. He said that he feels that the   Council is taking the initiative to move towards permanent solutions instead of the band-aid   solution.  He encouraged Council to consider buying the property within the Guatamozin   area because the residents are living in a creek and will be subjected to severe flooding.  He     continued to say that he has received a phone call from a paraplegic who lives in the

            Guatamozin area.  The resident had lost his belongings in a recent flood and has received a         lot of assistance from the community including a van from an anonymous donor.  Cm.         Landeck thanked the community for all of their support to the families that reside in the      Guatamozin area. 

 

            Cm. Amaya thanked the Parks and Recreation Director, Miguel Pescador, and his staff for             repairing the Cecilia May Moreno park in an expeditious manner.  He announced that he             would be scheduling the remaining of two parks in District IV in the future.

 

            Cm. Rendon mentioned that he is very happy that the south end of the Canal Street has been             repaired.  He added that the residents in that area were deeply concerned for the safety of             their children.  He continued by saying that staff is now working on the north end of the Canal and they should be finish in two weeks.   He invited the viewing public to attend an   awareness self defense class for women on October 13 at the Blas Casteneda Park.  He           asked the City Manager to announce the increase in funds for public assistance. 

 

            Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, explained that he had informed Council that staff would be             getting close to $2.1 million dollars as far as public assistance for the City of Laredo.  He             explained that this does not include the additional assistance already in place.  He           said that             there as been a lot of effort from the City of Laredo staff members including Steve         Landin.  The City has two or three projects that they have on a competitive nature and he            hopes that FEMA will be able to assist in a more permanent solution. He specifically          mentioned the Canal project that needs additional assistance. 

 

            Mayor Pro Tempore Belmares thanked the Laredo Police Department for arresting the mail             box culprits in North Laredo.  He also thanked the Police Department for assisting with the             traffic congestion in Unitec.  He hopes that permanent solutions will come forward with the help of TxDOT.  He congratulated the Dilworth family and TxDOT for the opening of   the San Isidro Parkway access from IH 35.  He noted that it was a very good example of a        public private partnership to build infrastructure.  He said that the Dilworth family has been            very gracious in responsible developing including adding $280,000 of amenities to the    North Central Park.  Finally, he said hello to his uncle who was visiting Laredo from           Lancaster, California.

 

            Cm. Chavez welcomed the Mayor of Laredo back to work after a recent hospital stay.  He             said that he had approached Council asking the Mayor to write a letter pertaining to some of             the activities that the railroad is conducing which is endangering the lives of the residents of             Laredo.  He pointed out that a resident of Laredo had lost his life last week on a rail road             track.  He asked the City Manager to follow up on the accident. He stressed the importance

            of getting the rail road out of Laredo.   

 

            Mayor Salinas asked for a moment of silence for Pancho Gutierrez, waiter at Danny’s             Restaurant.  He congratulated Laredo Community College on sixty years of service. 

 

VI.       APPOINTMENTS TO COMMISSIONS, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

 

            a.  Appointments to the Ethics Ad Hoc Committee of:

                Tomas Izaguirre by Mayor Raul G. Salinas.

                Arnulfo Gonzalez by Council Member Johnny Amaya.

 

                Motion to approve.

 

                Moved:  Cm. Garza

                Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:  7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

            b.  Appointment by Council Member Johnny Amaya, of Millie Gaytan, to the Laredo

                Commission for Women.

 

                Motion to approve.

 

                Moved:  Cm. Garza

                Second:  Cm. Amaya

                For:  7                                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

VII.     GENERAL COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

 

            A.  Request by Council Member Mike Garza

                        1.  Discussion with possible action to authorize the City Manager into creating an                                         Employee Liaison Committee.

 

                             Cm. Garza explained that he placed this on the agenda to create a committee to                         provide new ideas or suggestions from employees.  He recommended the City                                       Manager to appoint employees from each department.     

 

                             Cynthia Collazo, Deputy City Manager, said that the City of Laredo has two                                         different committees.  One committee is named the City of Laredo Customer                                         Service Committee and the REACH Committee.  She said that the City can                               strengthen the committee on the Customer Service side and ask them to add a                                       different component to address concerns.

 

                             Cm. Garza requested having a “boots on the ground” committee that could share                       the problems that they may be encountering in the workforce.   

 

                             Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, shared that he is very interested in each                                    department and will be taking the time to listen to all employees.  He advised that                       the most informed employee is the person that actually works in the department. 

                             He said that he would welcome an opportunity to meet monthly with employee

                             representatives.  He suggested defining the criteria for the employees to be                                 chosen. 

 

                        2.  Status report on the improvements of Fire Station #2 and the Santo Niño Public

                             Library.

 

                             David Piton from the Laredo Fire Department reported that most of the                                                 concerned items have been taken care of at Fire Station # 2.  They have repainted                     the station and repaired the roof.  He continued to say that they have installed a

                             new air-conditioning system.  He said that the Laredo Municipal Housing has                                         completed over $15,000 of repairs.   

 

                             Rogelio Rivera, City Engineer, said that he had submitted two different costs to                          Council from the consultants.  He noted that one cost included total demolition of                       the structure and completely rebuilding for $2.4 million dollars and the other one                             was a redesign of the structure with the addition of the WIC building which also

                             has the same problems as the main library for a cost of $1.5 million dollars.

 

                             Rufino Garza, architect for the project, said that there would be additional costs

                             for a second floor estimate.  Depending upon what Council would decide, he

                             would need to compare the cost of the vertical conveyance of the people to

                             spreading the building out. 

 

                             Janice Weber, City Librarian, said there are no monies for construction from the                        State or the Federal Government.

 

                             City Manager, Carlos Villarreal, requested a meeting with Cm. Garza and City                                      Staff to identify additional funding for the facility.

 

                        3.  Discussion with possible action on installing restroom facilities at the Mario

                             Tijerina Park.

 

                             Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreational Department Director, said that staff has                        visited the site at the Mario Tijerina Park.  He advised that staff has considered                          several options in installing the restroom and agreed that installing a restroom

                             behind the third base line would be the best option.  He said that staff installed

                             the concession/bathroom at the Santa Fe Park and it was very effective for under

                             $50,000 in house. 

 

                             Motion to install restroom facilities from Cm. Garza’s discretionary funds not to

                             exceed $75,000.

 

                             Moved:  Cm. Garza

                             Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                             For:     7                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            B.  Request by Council Member Hector J. Garcia

 

                        1.  Discussion with possible action to consider installing rubber matting for a

                             walking trail at Ryan Elementary School.

 

                             Cm. Garcia said that he placed this item on the agenda because several hundred

                             people from around District II walk at Ryan Elementary School.  He noted that

                             there are a lot of older individuals that use the facility for exercise and he does                                        not find it safe for them to be walking solely on concrete. 

 

                             Cm. Amaya expressed interests of providing half of the cost from his                                                     discretionary funds. 

 

                             Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreational Director, advised that he has received a

                             quote for $71,000 for a plain matting on the existing surface.  He suggested

                             going out for a request for a proposal to secure warranty for this investment.

 

                             Motion to approve from discretionary funds not to exceed $80,000. The cost of

                             the rubber matting should be divided between Cm. Garcia and Cm. Amaya’s

                             discretionary fund.

                            

                             Moved:  Cm. Garza

                             Second:  Cm. Amaya

                             For:     7                              Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0 

 

                        2. Status report regarding the Phase II Villa del Sol improvements, with possible

                            action.

 

                             Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreational Director, said that staff has completed

                             through the assistance and help of Public Works, the walking trail.  Staff also

                             submitted several quotes in the Friday Packet of other improvements that have

                             been discussed during the previous walk through.  He noted that they would ask

                             for funds for soft surface around the play ground, additional swing sets with soft

                             surface, and a sports lighted area for soccer.  The total cost for the additional

                             improvements are $105,000.

 

                             Motion to use District II Discretionary funds of 105,000 for the additional                                   improvements needed at the Phase II Villa del Sol Park.

 

                             Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                             Second:  Cm. Amaya

                             For:     7                              Against: 0                                             Abstain:  0

 

 

 

 

 

            C. Request by Council Member Dr. Michael Landeck

 

 

                        1.  Discussion with possible action regarding a reorganization of the present

                             administrative structure of the City of Laredo including possible consolidations

                             of City departments.

 

                             Cm. Landeck said that during a previous City Council meeting where the

                             reorganization was discussed the item was tabled due to various comments

                             regarding the unpleasant feeling of not having all the information.  On the other                            hand, he noted the time element for the Fiscal Year and said that a decision                                should be made regarding the structure for the City of Laredo. He said that he has                          a feeling that Council should divide their comments into two parts including the

                             job that the consultant suggested on structuring.  He advised that it would be a

                             step forward by initiating their suggested restructuring and if Council suggests                                         they could return to Council for further explanation. 

 

                             Motion to accept the organizational structure as presented by the Waters Group

                             regarding recommendation to exclude the Laredo Police Department.  

 

                             Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                             Second:  Cm. Garza

 

                             Cm. Landeck advised that the Police Department needs further observation                               because the current consultant only took one day to observe them. 

 

                             Cm. Garcia noted that the entire presentation by the Water Groups was a very

                             weak presentation and he was not pleased with the entire structure.  He said that

                             they are placing too many departments under one Assistant City Manager and

                             that it does not balance out.  He suggested sending the item back to                                           administration for recommendations.  He further stated that the City of Laredo

                             Departments should be structured by the City of Laredo City Manager because

                             he is managing the City.

 

                             Cm. Landeck said that he previously mentioned that the City Charter has given

                             the City of Laredo City Council the reasonability to deal with issues of                                                      organization and reorganization.  He stressed that it is Council’s duty.  He said

                             that once the City Council has dealt with the organization then the City Manager

                             has the power to appoint the people that he wants to be within those departments

                             and organizations. He pointed out that the City Charter provides the guidelines                                       for reorganization and City Council must abide.

 

                             Cm. Garza said that the recommendation of the City Manager was tabled at a

                             prior City Council meeting.  He reminded the Council and City Manager that at

                             the end of the year the City Manager will be deemed accountable for the

                             actions, structure, and organizations of the City.   

 

                             Cm. Garcia stressed that he does not agree with the structure suggested by the                                      Waters Group.  He said that this recommendation was not completed by City                                        Council but from a group that was hired.  He said that Council needs to make                                        changes to the recommendations for the City Manager and allow him to                                     implement them.    

 

                             Cm. Belmares said that the organization needs to be streamlined but he is not

                             comfortable with the recommendations made by the Water’s Group in terms of

                             which departments go where and with whom.  He agreed that the presentation

                             requires tweaking. 

 

                             City Manager, Carlos Villarreal, said that the final Waters Groups report is

                             available for public view.  He said that he could return to Council to reiterate

                             some of the points made by Council taking into consideration everyone’s

                             concerns he could look at some of the things and recommendations made by the

                             Waters Group.   He said that he is comfortable with the organizational

                             structure submitted to Council by the Waters Group.   He advised that he would                        be willing to revamp the suggested organizational chart if Council so desires.

 

                             Cm. Chavez suggested approving the reorganization structure because the City                          Manager recommends the change.

 

                             Cm. Garza asked the City Manager if the reorganization structure hinders his

                             ability to manager properly or if it makes the departments inefficient. 

 

                             City Manager Carlos Villarreal said that the new structure would not hinder his

                             ability to perform his duties as a City Manager.

 

                             Cm. Garza called for the question.

 

                             Cm. Belmares said that he had a motion and a second to approve the Waters

                             Groups as submitted with the provision of excluding the Laredo Police

                             Department recommendations.

 

                            Cm. Garza said the changes to the Police Department within the Department. 

 

                             Motion to approve the recommendations by the Waters Groups as submitted to

                             Council with the provision of excluding the Laredo Police Department.

 

                             Moved:  Cm. Garza

                             Second:  Cm. Landeck

                             For:     4                                          Against:  3                                Abstain:  0

                             Cm. Garza                                       Cm. Garcia

                             Cm. Landeck                                  Cm. Amaya

                             Cm. Rendon                                    Cm. Ramirez

                             Cm. Chavez

 

                        2.  Discussion with possible action regarding the City Charter policy regarding

                             direct inquiry requests that can be made by individual Council members for

                             Legal verbal and written opinions of the City’s Attorney.

 

                             Cm. Landeck said that he has approached the City Attorney regarding a legal

                             inquiry and he was told that the only way that he can approach the City Attorney  

                             with legal questions is if he goes through the City Manager or the City Council as                       a body.  He said that the City Charter indicates that members of the City

                             Council can approach anyone within the organization for inquiry purposes.  He

                             said that he would like to clarify this issue because it will be difficult to work

                             under circumstances that every question that we hear would need to be brought

                             before City Council for a vote. 

 

                             Motion that City Council instruct City Attorney to accept inquiries from

                             individual Council members and from the Mayor and to respond to them verbally

                             and or in writing.

 

                             Moved:  Cm.  Landeck

 

                             City Manager, Carlos Villarreal, said that he would like to be notified as to what

                             the City Attorney is being asked and what he is doing.  He said that information

                             should be disseminated to all Council members. 

 

                             Cm. Garza explained that precedence has been set from staff.  He noted that staff

                             has been disseminating information without any problems. He said that requests

                             should be made and then the City Attorney could advise the City Manager. 

 

                             Raul Casso, City Attorney, advised that Council could approach the City                                   Manager or him.  He said that he would insist that the City Manager be notified

                             of all requests.  He said that Council could approach ask him with concerns and

                             he would provide the information.  

 

                             Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, said that he would not have problems with the

                             City Attorney issuing out opinions for City Council.  

 

                             Cm. Landeck said that there was a significant difference in what the City Council

                             was discussing and what he was hearing earlier from the City Attorney.  He said

                             that the City Attorney had told him that he did not have any right asking him for

                             his opinion unless it went through the City Manager. He added that the attorney

                             told him that questions should be made in the forum of where Council would sit

                             together and make a decision and then he would respond.  He requested

                             clarification if Council has the right to directly ask the City Attorney for legal

                             opinions. 

 

                             Raul Casso, City Attorney, said that his client is the City of Laredo.  The City

                             Charter specifies that the City Attorney is to advise City Council and City

                             Manager.  He noted that it does not mention the City Council members.  If

                             he is instructed by this Council to do it anyway it would be contributing the plain

                             terms of the Charter and it will put him in a position where he could potentially

                             get into professional conflicts with his client.  He said that he did not want to call

                             attention to his ethics.  As a practical matter he said that he sees it as a very

                             special item.  He said as long as the City Council is keeping the City Manager

                             informed they are in terms with the City Charter.

 

 

 

                             Cm. Landeck said that he feels very uncomfortable with the City Attorney’s

                             suggestions.  He pointed out a section in the Charter where it does state                                     “members” for inquiries. He said that it is very clear where inquiries can come

                             from Council or Council Members.  He said that if the attorney disagrees with

                             that then he would like to defer to outside Council because it is an issue of

                             principal.  

 

                             Cm. Garza said that his major concern is approaching the City Attorney about

                             City business.   He noted that there should not be an obstacle in getting opinions.                       

                             Cm. Garcia said that he would not like to approach Council with all of his                                  concerns or questions because he is simply considering different objectives and

                             needs advice. 

 

                             Raul Casso, City Attorney, explained that they can get into a dilemma because

                             the City Charter tells him who his client is and who he should give advice to.  He

                             pointed out that if you go to him for advice that is personal to a particular

                             Council Member then everyone on the Council makes decisions that are                                    beneficially and affect people adversely.  Whenever we award a contract, it meets

                             prosperity and insolvency for somebody else and if I give you advice that you

                             then go make decisions on you can be held personally liable for the actions that

                             you take and if based on my advice if you get sued and based on my advice my

                             position now is adverse to the City.  How can he represent the City if he is

                             representing Council?  It would be a professional ethical violation on his part. 

                             That is why there is a safeguard in the Charter that notes that requests must go

                             through City Council. 

 

                             Cm. Garza voiced that there is a difference in verbalizing an opinion and writing

                             a written document of an opinion.  If Council approaches him and he give them

                             verbal information it should not be as technical as what was discussed.  It is a

                             judgment call.    

 

                             Motion to ask for an outside opinion regarding the City Charter policy regarding

                             direct inquiry requests that can be made by individual Council members for

                             Legal verbal and written opinions of the City’s Attorney.

 

                             Moved:  Cm. Landeck

 

                             Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, asked Cm. Landeck to provide his opinion                               regarding the item in writing for outside opinion.  He also said that he could give

                             the opinion to Lowell Denton for a legal opinion.

 

                             Motion to formulate a question for the Attorney General’s Office regarding the                           City Charter policy regarding direct inquiry requests that can be made by

                             individual Council members for legal verbal and written opinions of the City’s                                         Attorney. 

 

                             Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                             Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                             For:     7                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 D.  Request by Council Member Johnny Rendon

 

                        1.  Discussion with possible action on installing speed humps on Cypress Drive,

                             between Alta Vista Drive and Los Ebanos Drive, and Chaparral Street, between

                             McPherson Road and Yucca Drive.

 

                             Roberto Murillo, Traffic Director, reported that they have had former requests for

                             speed humps.  He confirmed that they will install three speed humps on Cypress

                             Drive, four on Chaparral Street for a total of $12,600.00. 

 

                             Motion to use the discretionary funds of District V on installing speed humps on

                             Cypress Drive, between Alta Vista Drive and Los Ebanos Drive; and Chaparral

                             Street, between McPherson Road and Yucca Drive.

 

                             Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                             Second:  Cm. Garza

                             For:     7                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                        2.  Status report on the reconstruction of the Drainage Channel along Canal Street,

                             from San Francisco to Maryland Avenue.

 

                             Cm. Rendon explained that he wanted the residents along Canal Street to know

                             that the south side construction is complete and the City of Laredo is currently

                             working on the north side. 

 

            E.  Request by Mayor Pro-Tempore Gene Belmares

 

                        1.  Discussion with possible action on authorizing the City Manager to join NASCO

                             and appropriating the necessary funding.

 

                             Motion to approve authorizing the City Manager to join NASCO and                                                    appropriating the necessary funding.

 

                             Moved:  Cm. Garza

                             Second:  Cm. Rendon

                             For:     7                              Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                        2.  Status report on the painting of Highland Water Tank.

 

                             Tomas Rodriguez, Utilities Director, reported that due to budgetary constraints

                             the City staff decided to wait until October to select an engineer by the fifteenth

                             of this month and it should be ready in thirty days.  He went on to say that they

                             would return to council with a contract if it is over $50,000. The specs should be

                             ready by November 30th.  The tank needs to be painted on the outside and inside. 

                             This is the ideal time because it is winter.  The job should be completed by

                             March 17, 2007

                            

                        3.  Status report on the Stone Creek Killam and Borchers area drainage/park project.

 

                             Cm. Belmares tabled this item.

 

                        4.  Discussion with possible action on developing a Wi-Fi (wireless access) city

                             wide.

 

                             Cm. Belmares said that he placed this item on the agenda because he has seen

                             where other communities have gone forward in their technology to allow City

                             wide wireless access.  There is available technology that would benefit the City

                             of Laredo and create a foundation for improved and enhanced public safety

                             access for Police and Firefighters, but also for our departments that would need

                             data including the Utilities Department, Public Works Department, and the                                 Health Department.

 

                             A video of Plano, Texas was presented on Wi-Fi Motomesh.

 

                             Chuck Garium, representative from Motorola, gave a brief description of the

                             modern technology.  He said that Motomesh consists of a small box on a

                             light pole.  He noted that there are four radios built on to the box which means

                             there are four radio networks being deployed with one box being put on hold. 

                             He said that you can use it for IP telephones for citizens that cannot afford

                             telephones.  He added that they could provide internet access to business

                             travelers and citizens.  He pointed out it is very usable and manageable.  

 

            F.  Request by Council Member Juan Ramirez

 

                        1.  Discussion with possible action on the availability of housing resources for our                              constituents.

 

                             Cm. Ramirez said that he placed this item on the agenda when he noticed that

                             hundreds of people were in line for housing at the Civic Center.  He said that as a

                             Council Member he feels responsible for providing housing for individuals that

                             need housing.  He suggested placing funds aside in the next budget for creating

                             more housing for the residents of Laredo. 

 

                             City Manager, Carlos Villarreal, said that obviously any time it is an eligible

                             endeavor as far as the community it is a costly endeavor.  He noted that the

                             biggest elements involved is the state and federal government. It is a matter of

                             where Council places their resources. 

 

                             Council Ramirez instructed the City Manager to locate funds to begin                                                     construction of homes or assisting the Laredo Housing Authority for additional

                             homes.

 

                             Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, explained that this item is being discussed at the

                             Legislative agendas.  He agreed to meet with the Housing Authority to identify                           some needs.

 

                             Ronnie Acosta, Community Development Director, said that the City of Laredo

                             has a Consolidated Plan that is submitted to HUD every years since 1995 which

                             outlines their priorities for the City which includes new construction of housing

                             for first time home buyers, construction of rental housing, rental assistance and

                             assistance to the homeless.

 

                        2.  Status report on the garage storage auto lift system, for the Transit Parking

                             facility.

 

                             This item will be placed on the next agenda.

 

                        3.  Discussion with possible action on issuing parking permits to downtown property

                             owners, authorizing them to park by their place of business.

 

                             Cm. Ramirez mentioned that several business owners are being ticketed when

                             they park at their downtown property.  He was also concerned about the people

                             that are parking at the Bethany to deliver food and other items.  He said that the

                             people are trying to help and they are being citied for the acts of kindness.  He

                             suggested initiating a special permit for special parking in the downtown area.

 

                             Roberto Murillo, Traffic Engineer, said that the City of Laredo has established a

                             loading zone on San Bernardo for the Bethany House.  He said that he is aware

                             of the parking issue and he will review the problem again.  He further explained

                             that the area on Hidalgo is a travel lane and it is forbidden for people to park

                             there.  He said that he can review the area for the possibility of a loading zone.

 

                             Cm. Ramirez continued to express his dissatisfaction of ticketing delivery trucks

                             for the Bethany House and other establishments that assist the less fortunate.

 

                             Carlos Villarreal, City Manager, explained that individuals take advantage of the

                             established loading zones.  He said that he would have staff work with the

                             individuals that are loading and unloading.  He continued to say that the City                               must be careful when issuing special permits or the entire business community

                             will be requesting them and it will defeat the purpose of the meters.  He advised

                             that staff is looking for additional space for a parking lot.    

 

VIII.    PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

            2.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health

                 Department Fiscal Year 2007-2008 annual budget by authorizing the City Manager to                                                 accept, execute and appropriate revenues and expenditures for the Local Health System-

                 Office of Public Health Practices (OPHP) continuation grant in the amount of

                 $306,835.00 to provide prevention, disease control, and health promotion activities from

                 the Texas Department of Health Services and $169,187.00 in program income.  The

                 grant has a term period from September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            3.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Health  

                 Department FY 2007-2008 full-time equivalent positions by creating one (1) full-time

                 Public Health Technician position with benefits, (salary/ fringes amount of $47,697.00)

                 in the Health Department – Public Health Preparedness (PHP) and Epidemiology

                 Program for the term from October 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.  Funding is

                 available through the Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance (EWIDS) portion

                 of the PHP Grant.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:  7                                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm.Garcia

                 For:   7                                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            4.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Subdivision Ordinance of the

                 City of Laredo by:  Creating Chapter 2, Section 2-3.4, Administrative Approval of Plats,

                 Amending Chapter 3:  Subdivision Design Standards, establishing standards in

                 conformance with the Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

                 (AASHTO) publication of “A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets”,

                 increasing the diameter of dead-end streets from 80 feet to 100 feet, establishing

                 pavement standards in conformance with the (AASHTO) Guide for Design of Pavement

                 Structures, and establishing pavement specifications for public and private streets based

                 on expected traffic loads and pavement structures;  providing for publication and

                 effective date.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:   7                                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:  7                                                         Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            5.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance accepting a grant awarded and amending the

                 City of Laredo FY 2007-2008 budget by increasing revenues and expenses in the amount

                 of $45,000.00 for an Interdiction project awarded by the Office of the National Drug

                 Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).  Funds will be

                 used to pay overtime expenses for a drug interdiction unit comprised of Financial Task

                 Force agents and Laredo Police Officers from January 1, 2004 through December 31,

                 2007. Fringe benefits will be funded from opening fund balance. 

 

                  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia   

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:   7                                                        Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            6.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo Special Police

                 2007-2008 Annual Budget in the amount of $44,687.00.  The Office of Justice

                 Assistance Grant Program is contributing the full grant amount of $125,687.00 with no

                 match amount obligated to the City of Laredo.  The City of Laredo and Webb County

                 will each receive $62,843.50.  The City of Laredo will utilize this funding for the

                 purchase of equipment for Homeland Security purposes by the Laredo Police

                 Department for the period of October 1, 2006 through September 30, 2010.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Garza

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Chavez

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            7.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a

                 Direct Aid Grant from the Texas State Library – Loan Star Libraries Program in the

                 amount of $30,722.00 for new public computers and the replacement of backlit

                 components for the current LCD computer terminals and amending the City of Laredo

                 FY 2007-2008 Annual Budget Revenues and Expenditures in the amount of $5,722.00.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Garcia

                 For:   7                                            Against:   0                                           Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

            8.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a

                 grant in the amount of $50,000.00 from the Office of the Governor, the Division of

                 Emergency Management (GDEM) and to amend the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008

                 Annual Budget in the same amount.  The Office of the Governor, the Division of

                 Emergency Management has made a project grant available in order to organize and

                 deploy state agency and local government law enforcement personnel and equipment to

                 participate in a project to enhance border security along the Texas-Mexico border. 

                 Funds will be used to pay overtime, fringe benefits, and operational expenses from

                 September 12, 2007 through December 2, 2007.

 

                  Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Landeck

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Rendon

                 For:  7                                             Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            9.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the City of Laredo FY 2007-2008

                 Annual Budget by appropriating expenditures in the amount of $500,000.00 in the

                 Laredo Police Department Trust Fund.  Funding will be used to purchase operational

                 materials, supplies, and capital outlay equipment.  Equipment items include surveillance

                 equipment, tactical entry equipment, and patrol motorcycles.  Funding is available in the

                 Police Trust Fund opening balance.

 

                 Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                 Second:  Cm. Landeck

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 There was no public input.

 

                 Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                 Moved:  Cm. Garza

                 Second:  Cm. Amaya

                 For:   7                                            Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                 Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            10.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance authorizing the City Manager to accept a

                   donation from Wal-Mart Corporation in the amount of $1,000.00 and to amend the City

                   of Laredo Friends of the Library Fund FY 2007-2008 annual budget by appropriating

                   said funds.  Funds will be used to purchase a new laminating machine for the Main

                   Library.

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  City Council

 

            11.  Public hearing and introductory ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of

                   the City of Laredo by authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a parking lot on Lot 7,

                   Block 6, Moonlight Subdivision, located at 2101 Puscas Court.  The Planning &

                   Zoning Commission recommended approval of the Conditional Use Permit.    District                I    

 

                   Motion to open the public hearing.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Landeck

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   There was no public input.

 

                   Motion to close the public hearing and introduce.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

 

                   Ordinance Introduction:  Cm. Garza

      

IX.       INTRODUCTORY ORDINANCES

 

            12.  Amending the Code of Ordinances of the City of Laredo, Chapter 2, Article V. Boards,

                   Commissions, Councils, etc., Division 4. Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory

                   Board, Section 2-223; Membership Criteria; term of office; method of appointment; ex-

                   officio members; by amending Section (a) by adding a twelfth (12th) voting member to

                   the committee, to represent the sports community.

 

                   Motion to table.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0 

                               

X.        FINAL READING OF ORDINANCES 

 

            Motion to waive the final reading of Ordinances: 2007-O-182, 2007-O-183, 2007-O184,

            2007-O-185, 2007-O-186, 2007-O-187, 2007-O-188, 2007-O-189, 2007-O190, 2007-O-                191, 2007-O-194, 2007-O195, 2007-O-196, 2007-O-197, 2007-O198.

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garcia

            Second:  Cm. Garza

            For:  7                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            13.  2007-O-182  Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2006-2007

                                        Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount

                                        of $34,833.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health

                                        Services, which includes $901.00 from estimated Program Income for

                                        continuation of the Health Department Maternal and Child Health (MCH-

                                        Title V) Program for the term of September 1, 2007 through August 31,

                                        2008.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-182.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-183  Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2006-2007

                                        Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount

                                        of $292,937.00 in funds from the Texas Department of State Health

                                        Services, which includes $22,814.00 from estimated Program Income for

                                        continuation of the prenatal services provided by the Health Department

                                        Maternal and Child Health (MCH-Title V) Program for the period of

                                        September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-183.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia 

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-184  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Annual Budget by

                                        appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount of $61,068.00

                                        from the Texas Department of State Health Services to the Health

                                        Department Title V Family Planning Services Grant, term from September

                                        1, 2007 through August 31, 2008.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-184.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-185  Amending the City of Laredo Health Department Fiscal Year 2006-2007

                                        Annual Budget by appropriating revenues and expenditures in the amount

                                        $123,042.00 from the South Texas Development Council for the Health

                                        Department HIV/Health & Social Services, term from September 1, 2007

                                        through August 31, 2008.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-185.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-186  Amending the City of Laredo Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Special Fire Grant

                                        Budget to appropriate grant revenues and expenses from the 2006 State

                                        Homeland Security Grant Sub-Recipient agreement between the City of

                                        Laredo and the Texas Division of Emergency Management in the amount

                                        of $24,157.00.  The total amount appropriated from the Homeland

                                        Security Program will be $335,548.14.  Equipment received through the

                                        grant agreement will be used for the City’s Fire and Police Departments. 

                                        The above said grant requires no in kind matching funds.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-186.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-187  Closing as a public easement the west 18.25 feet out of the South one-half

                                        section of Lexington Avenue (also known as the 2500 Block of Lexington

                                        Avenue), which section abuts the East property line of Lot 10, Block 320

                                        Eastern Division, City of Laredo, County of Webb, Texas, as shown in

                                        Exhibit “A”, and providing for an effective date.  (As amended)

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-187.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-188  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

                                        authorizing a Special Use Permit for a communication tower, on Lot 1,

                                        Block 292, Eastern Division, located at 2219 Springfield Avenue and

                                        providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-188.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

  

                 2007-O-189  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

                                        authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for an amusement redemption

                                        machine establishment on Lots 3 and 4, Block 18, Western Division,

                                        located at 809 Zaragoza Street and providing for an effective date and

                                        publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-189.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-190  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by rezoning

                                        the south 150 feet of the east 150 feet of Block 1116, Western Division, as

                                        further described by metes and bounds in attached Exhibit “A”, located at

                                        4502 San Bernardo Avenue, from B-3 (Community Business District) to

                                        B-4 (Highway Commercial District) and providing for an effective date

                                        and publication.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-190.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-191  Amending the Zoning Ordinance (Map) of the City of Laredo by

                                        authorizing a Conditional Use Permit for a restaurant (food to go) on Lot

                                        1, Block 1, Country Club Estates Subdivision, located at 3911 Casa

                                        Blanca Road and providing for an effective date and publication.

 

                                       Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-191.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                      Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-194  Authorizing the City Manager to reconvey to United Independent School

                                        District, Trustee, that 17.331 acre parcel described in Warranty Deed

                                        recorded in Volume 1536, PP .512-515, official property records of Webb

                                        County, in consideration of repayment of $42,000.00 by UISD, and a copy

                                        of this authorized conveyance is attached hereto as Exhibit “B”; and

                                        providing for an effective date.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-194.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-195  Authorizing the City Manager to convey fee simple title to the “Surface

                                        Only” at its adjusted market value of $8,468.50 for certain property

                                        described as a 9,963.30 square feet (0.2287 of an acre) tract of land, more

                                        or less, out of that former section the 2200 block of Hidalgo Street

                                        between Eagle Pass Avenue and Laredo Community College property

                                        line, situated in the Western Division, City of Laredo, Webb County,

                                        Texas to Milco International, Inc., said tract being generally described on

                                        attached Exhibit “A”; and providing for an effective date.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-182.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-196  Closing as a public easement  a 17.7 ft. wide alley dedicated for public use

                                        in Block 629, Eastern Division, City of Laredo, Webb County, Texas,

                                        which traverses the middle of said block from East to West through its

                                        entire length, and abuts the South side of Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 and also

                                        abuts the North side of Lots 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12; which alley is located

                                        in said Block 629, midway between the 1100 block of Chihuahua Street

                                        and 1100 Block of Guadalupe Street; and  providing for the reversion of

                                        the public’s interest in said alley to the abutting owners; and providing for

                                        an effective date.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-196.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   2007-O-197  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease

                                        agreement approved by Ordinance No. 95-O-154 dated August 7, 1995,

                                        authorizing a lease agreement with Aero Center, Inc., for the approximate

                                        .001-acre tract of land located at the Laredo International Airport.  Said

                                        lease agreement was assigned on July 21, 1997, by Ordinance No. 97-O-

                                        152, from Aero Center, Inc., to a Joint Venture composed of International

                                        Bank of Commerce and Sanchez-O’Brien Oil and Gas Corporation.  The

                                        Joint Venture composed of International Bank of Commerce and Sanchez-

                                        O’Brien Oil and Gas Corporation is dissolved regarding the

                                        aforementioned lease agreement and the parties of said Joint Venture

                                        request that Sanchez-O’Brien Oil and Gas Corporation be deleted as one

                                        of the Lessees; therefore, International Bank of Commerce will remain as

                                        the sole Lessee. Said amendment deletes Sanchez-O’Brien Oil and Gas

                                        Corporation as one of the Lessees and International Bank of Commerce

                                        remains the sole Lessee.  All other terms and conditions of the lease will

                                        remain unchanged and in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-197.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                  2007-O-198  Authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the lease

                                        agreement approved on April 17, 2006, by Ordinance No. 2006-O-082

                                        with a Joint Venture composed of International Bank of Commerce and

                                        Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation for the approximate 0.1182-acre tract of

                                        land located on Block No. 1 within the southwest fuel farm at the Laredo

                                        International Airport.  The Joint Venture composed of International Bank

                                        of Commerce and Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation is dissolved regarding

                                        the aforementioned lease agreement and the parties of said Joint Venture

                                        request that Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation be deleted as one of the

                                        Lessees; therefore, International Bank of Commerce will remain the sole

                                        Lessee.  Said amendment deletes Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation as one

                                        of the Lessees and International Bank of Commerce remains the sole

                                        Lessee.  All other terms and conditions of the lease remain unchanged and

                                        in effect; providing for an effective date.

 

                                        Motion to adopt Ordinance 2007-O-198.

 

                                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                                        Second:  Cm. Garza

                                        For:  7                                  Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XI.       MOTIONS

 

            14.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to place work orders with several creative

                   service providers during Fiscal Year 2007-2008 for the design and production of

                   advertisements and marketing images to promote Laredo as a destination in an amount

                   not to exceed $56,000.00.  Funding is available in the Convention and Visitors Bureau

                   Fund.

 

                   Motion to table items # 14 and 15.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Landeck

                  

                   Motion dies for lack of a second.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia 

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  5                                           Against:  1                                            Abstain:  1  

                                                                        Cm. Landeck                                       Cm. Garza

 

            15.  Consideration to authorize the City Manager to negotiate and execute contracts with

                   U.S. and Mexican print, billboard, and electronic media vendors listed in the enclosed

                   attachment CVB Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Media Plan.  Media plan advertisements for

                   the Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau will be placed beginning October 2007 in an

                   amount not to exceed $621,000.00.  Funding is available in the CVB Marketing

                   Division Budget.

 

                   Motion to table items # 14 and 15.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Landeck

           

                   Motion dies for lack of a second.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  5                                           Against:  1                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                        Cm. Landeck                                      Cm. Garza

 

            16.  Authorizing the City Manager to amend and exercise the renewal option in the contract

                   with the Laredo Morning Times for the 2008 Laredo/Nuevo Laredo Official Visitors

                   Guide.  The guide will be produced under the direction of the Laredo Convention &

                   Visitors Bureau relative to style, design, and editorial content at no cost to the LCVB.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  5                                           Against:  1                                            Abstain:  1

                                                                        Cm. Landeck                                       Cm. Garza

 

            17.  Consideration to award a contract for concessionaire at the Benavides Softball

                   Complex and all municipal swimming pools to sole bidder, Mr. Francisco Garcia for a

                   period of one (1) year.  This vendor is recommended, based on the price structure

                   provided and the percentage of revenue offered to the City during the bid process.  The

                   agreement is expected to provide a monthly rental income of $100.00 during active

                   sales activities at the Benavides Softball Complex and of $150.00 during active sales

                   when the pool facilities are also in operation.  Additionally, 30% of the gross revenue

                   from sales corresponding to all facilities will be provided to the City along with

                   monthly rental payments.

 

                   Motion to table.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garza

                   Second:  Cm. Garcia

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            18.  Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Rhino Builders,

                   Ltd., Laredo, Texas, in association with Synergy Structural Engineering, Inc., Laredo,

                   Texas, for the Eistetter Park shade structure for the basketball court (Design/Build

                   project); for an amount of $98,925.00.  Funding is available in the Community

                   Development Fund-32nd Action Year.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            19.  Award of a professional services contract to Harry Jewett Associates in the amount of

                   $55,000.00 to provide consulting services for the Esperanza Road Drainage

                   Improvement Project, for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The project consists of upgrading

                   /replacement of the existing drainage system to reduce localized flooding.  Funding is

                   available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            20.  Award a professional services contract with Crane Engineering Corporation in the

                   amount of $262,825.00 to provide consulting services for the Rosario Street Drainage

                   Improvement Project for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The project consists of

                   upgrading/replacement of the existing drainage system to reduce localized flooding. 

                   Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            21.  Authorizing the City Manager to award a contract to Turbonetics Engineering &

                   Services in the amount of $55,000.00 to refurbish on an emergency basis one (1) 5000

                   gallon per minute pump and its supporting base for the Lyon Street Booster Station. 

                   Funding is available under 2006 Utility Revenue Bond.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            22.  Consideration to award contract FY07-170 to the sole bidder, Rochester Armored Car

                   Company, Omaha, NE., in the estimated annual amount of $82,752.00 for providing

                   bank courier service for City operations.  The term of this contract is for two (2) years. 

                  This is an annual contract subject to continued appropriation in future fiscal years. 

                  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve as corrected with $82,572.00.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia 

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            23.  Consideration to accept the contract assignment and assumption agreement by the

                   Houston Galveston Area of Council of Governments (HGAC), Ingersoll Rand

                   Equipment & Services (now known as Volvo Construction Equipment and Services)

                  and Nueces Power Equipment, (assignee) authorizing the assignment of the contract

                  awarded by the City Council on August 20, 2007 to Volvo Construction Equipment and

                  Services, to Nueces Power  Equipment.  A contract was authorized in the total amount

                  of $259,474.61 for the purchase of one (1) soil compactor, one (1) pneumatic roller and

                  one (1) double drum roller for the Public Works Department.  This will provide a local

                  contact for the equipment warranty and service.

 

                  Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            24.  Consideration to award contract FY07-167 to the low bidder, Ferrara Fire Apparatus,

                   Inc., Holden, LA., in the total amount of $152,490.00 for the purchase of thirty (30)

                   sets of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) for the Fire Department.  Funding is

                   available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            25.  Consideration to amend contract FY06-083 currently awarded to MO-VAC

                   Environmental, McAllen, Texas, for furnishing vacuum truck services to transport

                   domestic sewage, sewage sludge, and/or sludge for the Utilities Department by

                   increasing the contract amount by $45,000.00 to a new contract amount of

                   $225,000.00.  Due to an increase in frequency and number of hours, the proposed

                   amendment would increase the current contract order to provide funding for the

                   remainder of the contract term.  Funding is available in the Utilities Department budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            26.  Consideration for approval of change order no. 1 a decrease of $461.60 for the balance

                   of quantities actually constructed in place, acceptance of the City of Laredo Airport

                   Storm Drainage Improvements and approval of final payment in the amount of

                   $123,886.32 to Rovan, L.L.C., Mercedes, Texas.  Final construction contract amount is

                   $123,886.32.  The Airport Advisory Committee has recommended approval.  Funding

                   is available in the Airport Fund/Drainage Account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            27.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a one (1) year service agreement with

                   SunGard H.T.E, Inc., Lake Mary, Florida, in the amount of $127,250.00.  The service

                   agreement is for service and maintenance on the financial applications residing on the

                   City’s IBM iSeries computer system for the period of October 1, 2007 through

                   September 30, 2008.  Funding is available in the Information Technology Fund.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            28.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-174 to the low bidders:

            1).  Alamo Iron Works, San Antonio, Texas;

            2).  Rob K Concrete Products, Laredo, Texas,

                   in the estimated amount of $60,000.00 for the purchase of assorted rebar, wire mesh,

                   keyway and stakes.  These materials will be purchased on an as needed basis by the

                   Utilities, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation Departments for construction and

                   repair projects.  Funding is available in the respective departmental budgets.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            29. Consideration to authorize the purchase of:

 

                   1). one (1) 2008 GMC cab and chassis sewer cleaner truck in the amount of

                   $144,445.61;

                   2). one (1) aluminum end dump trailer in the total amount of $64,594.80;

                   from Rush Truck Centers of Texas, L.P., through the Houston Galveston Area Council

                   of Governments (HGAC) cooperative purchasing program.  This equipment will be

                   assigned to the Utilities Department.  Funding is available in the Utilities 2007

                   Certificates of Obligation Bond proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            30.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for one (1) additional year for contract

                   number FY04-122 awarded to Envirosolve, L.L.C., Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the estimated

                   amount of $90,000.00 for conducting two (2) Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

                   collection events and one (1) Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator

                   (CESQG) collection event.  The initial term of this contract was for one (1) year with

                   an option to extend the contract for three (3), one (1) year terms.  This will be the last

                   renewal option.  Funding is available in the Environmental Services Department

                   budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            31.  Consideration to award contract number FY07-152 to the following low bidders:

                        1).  Products Unlimited, Inc., Justin, Texas

                        2).  Stroud Safety Apparel, Stroud, Oklahoma

                        3).  Hagemary, N.A., El Paso, Texas

                        4).  Alamo Iron Works, San Antonio, Texas, and

                        5).  Armsco, Inc., Thorofare, New Jersey,

 

                   in the estimated amount of $50,000.00 for the purchase of safety products for all City

                   departments.  Contract pricing has been established for safety products such as safety

                   belts, vests, safety glasses, rain suits, hard hats, traffic cones, warning flags, water

                   coolers, and gloves.  These items will be purchased throughout the year by service

                   departments on an as needed basis.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            32.  Consideration to exercise the renewal option for contract number FY06-130 awarded

                   to,

                   1)  HD Supply Waterworks, San Antonio, Texas, in the estimated amount of

                        $279,393.91;

                   2)  Titan Pipe and Supply, Pharr, Texas in the estimated amount of $113,033.50;

                   3)  Ferguson Waterworks Inc., Mc Allen, Texas in the estimated amount of $40,555.00;

                        for the purchase of mechanical joint fittings, valve boxes and pipe tubing for the

                        Utilities Department.  These materials are purchased on an as needed basis by the

                        Utilities Department- Water Operations for construction and repair projects. 

                        Funding is available in the Utilities Department Budget.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            33.  Consideration for approval of amendment No.1 for an increase of $111,902.00 to the

                   professional services contract with Carter & Burgess, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, for the

                   Laredo International Airport General Ramp Reconstruction - Phase III and IV,

                   Guidance Sign Layout Plan Modifications and Airport  Layout Plan Set Modifications

                   for additional design, surveying, project management, coordination, and construction

                   phase services for the Laredo International Airport General Aviation Apron and

                   Taxilane Reconstruction (Phase III) Project.  Current engineering contract amount is

                   $254,249.00.  The Airport Advisory Committee recommends approval.  Funding is

                   available in the FAA Grant Project No. 3-48-0136-051-2007.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            34.  Authorizing the City Manager to approve payment from the City’s Arena Renewal and

                   Replacement Account for the purchase of a security camera, carpet replacement,

                   contactor for cooling system, garbage disposal and telephone system in a total amount

                   not to exceed $94,000.00.  Funding is available in the Sports and Community Venue

                   Account.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            35.  Award of a professional services contract with LNV Engineering in the amount of

                   $33,053.00, to provide consulting services for the Laurel/Dellwood Drainage

                   Improvements Project for the City of Laredo, Texas.  The project consists of

                   upgrading/replacement of the existing drainage system to reduce localized flooding. 

                   Funding is available in the 2007 Certificate of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            36.  Consideration for approval to award a professional services contract to Seca

                   Engineering, L.L.C., Laredo, Texas, for an amount not to exceed $111,500.00 for the

                   design and preparation of plans and specifications for the Markley/Santa Maria

                   drainage and to analyze/evaluate the capacities of existing storm drain systems in the

                   surrounding area (Markley/Santa Maria, Farias/St. Agustin/Ortiz) and provide

                   recommendations for future upgrades for the systems.  Funding is available in the 2007

                   Certificates of Obligation Bond Proceeds.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            37.  Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a contract with Catholic Social Services of

                   Laredo, Inc., (CSSL) in the amount of $45,135.00 to administer the City’s Fiscal Year

                   2007-2008 General Welfare Assistance Program through which rental, utility,

                   transportation, and health care assistance is provided to indigent individuals and

                   families residing in the community.  The contract would cover expenditures for the

                   period of October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2008.  Up to $40,622.00 of the General

                   Welfare Funds would be designated for the assistance of indigent individuals and

                   families of low income, while $4,513.00 (approx. 10%) will be allocated to cover

                   administrative expenses to include: overhead, wages, and office supply costs incurred

                   by Catholic Social Services.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Garza

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

            38.  Approval of expenditures for students from the Sister Cities Youth Committee to travel

                   to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon to participate in the 2007 World Forum.  The Forum is a

                   global event that occurs every four years and that connects cities from all over the

                   world.  Monterrey is the place that has been chosen on this occasion to promote

                   thinking and problem solving methods in order to deal with issues of global importance

                   such as peace, education, knowledge, and ecological conversation amongst other

                   topics. Funds are available in the Sister Cities Youth Committee Account.  City

                   Council finds and declares that a valid public purpose will be served by this

                   expenditure.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0   

 

            39.  Amending a contract with Foster Engineering Co., Laredo, Texas in the amount of

                   $20,910.00 to include structural design engineering services for a retaining wall and the

                   steel beams on the bridge span across Manadas Creek for a total contract amount of

                   $61,082.00. The additional engineering services include re-design and preparation of

                   plans and specifications for the construction of a 24” sewer line at a new alignment that

                   will prevent conflicts with other utility lines inside the Texas Department of

                   Transportation Right of Way. The additional contract time is 120 calendar days for a

                   total of 250 calendar days. Funding is available in the Sewer 2000 Revenue Bond.

 

                   Motion to approve.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XII.     STAFF REPORTS

 

            40.  A.  Setting a workshop date for a presentation by the Utilities Director on the different

                         options of providing water to the Citizens of the City of Laredo on selecting one or                    two of the proposed projects, with possible action.

 

                         The workshop date shall be October 8, 2007 at 5:30 p.m.

 

                   B.  Status report, with possible action, on the operations of the Laredo Housing

                         Authority.

                         

                         Cm. Garcia voiced that he has asked for a report from the Laredo Housing

                         Authority.  He noted that two board members have resigned from the Laredo

                         Housing Authority Committee.  He directed the City Manager to visit with their

                         board and return to Council with a report.

 

                         City Manager, Carlos Villarreal, advised that he would return to Council with a full                      report or he would submit a report in writing.

 

                         Cm. Belmares advised that he has received a report stating that the Housing

                         Authority has been a high performer.  He said that the HUD audit explained that the

                         Housing Authority has done an excellent job in the last year. 

 

                   C.  Presentation on the naming of the Parks Department Anti-Vandalism Superhero,

                        with possible action.

 

                        Miguel Pescador, Parks & Recreation Director, reported that they have had the                                      naming of the Parks Department Anti-Vandalism Superhero campaign.  He said that                  over three hundred entries were submitted to the department for consideration.  He                    recommended the name of “The Green Guardian”. 

 

                        Motion to approve The Green Guardian.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Garza

                        Second:  Cm. Rendon

                        For:     7                                               Against: 0                                 Abstain:  0

           

                   D.  Presentation, on the Halloween Fest, by city staff and event partners, LULAC #14

                         and PAWS, with possible action.

 

                        Miguel Pescador, Parks and Recreation Department, informed Council that there                                     will be a Halloween Fest by city staff and event partners, LULAC # 14 and PAWS.                  He noted that there would be plenty of fund and games for the children. 

 

                        Motion to approve sponsorship of $950.00 from District VIII Promotional funds for                  the Halloween Fest. The funds would be used to sponsorship of the Civic Center                                   Ballroom.

 

                        Moved:  Cm.  Ramirez

                        Second:  Cm. Amaya

                        For:     7                                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

                   E.  Staff report regarding various vendor payment options for City purchases, with                         possible action.

 

                        Motion to postpone indefinitely.

 

                        Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                        Second:  Cm. Ramirez

                        For:     7                                               Against:  0                                Abstain:  0

 

XIII.    EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

            The City Council hereby reserves the right to go into executive session at any time during             this public meeting, if such is requested by the City Attorney or other legal counsel for the             City, pursuant to his or her duty under Section 551.071(2) of the Government Code, to             consult privately with his or her client on an item on the agenda, or on a matter arising out           of such item.

 

            41.  Request for Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.072 in

                   order to deliberate the purchase of properties located at 3101, 3103, 3105, 3107, 3201,

                   3203, 3205 and 3219 Guatemozin Street, in the City of Laredo, Texas, for the purpose

                   of alleviating flooding in that area; because deliberation in an open meeting would have

                   a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with a third

                   person; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                    551.072 in order to deliberate the purchase of properties located at 3101, 3103, 3105,

                   3107, 3201, 3203, 3205 and 3219 Guatemozin Street, in the City of Laredo, Texas, for

                   the purpose of alleviating flooding in that area; because deliberation in an open meeting

                   would have a detrimental effect on the position of the City Council in negotiations with                a third person; and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   After Executive Session, Mayor Pro Tem Belmares announced that no action was

                   taken.

           

            42.  Request  for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

                   551.071(2)by  City Attorney to discuss whether the City may provide relocation

                   assistance to the owners of lots it may consider acquiring in order to obviate future

                   flooding problems; the necessary procedures for acquiring lots to obviate future

                   flooding problems; and, return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section

                   551.071(2)by  City Attorney to discuss whether the City may provide relocation

                   assistance to the owners of lots it may consider acquiring in order to obviate future

                   flooding problems; the necessary procedures for acquiring lots to obviate future

                   flooding problems; and, return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   After Executive Session, Mayor Pro Tem Belmares announced that no action was

                   taken.

           

            43.  Request for executive session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074 to

                   deliberate the duties, evaluation criteria and performance standards of the City Manager

                   and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Texas Government Code Section                    551.074 to deliberate the duties, evaluation criteria and performance standards of the

                   City Manager and return to open session for possible action.

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Garcia

                   Second:  Cm. Amaya

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

                   After Executive Session, Mayor Pro Tem Belmares announced that no action was

                   taken.

 

                   Motion to approve the Evaluation Performance Standards for the evaluation criteria and             performance standards of the City Manager. 

 

                   Moved:  Cm. Rendon

                   Second:  Cm.  Chavez

                   For:  7                                           Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

XIV.    ADJOURNMENT

 

            Motion to adjourn.                                                                                            Time:  10:58

 

            Moved:  Cm. Garza

            Second:  Cm. Garcia

            For:  7                                                  Against:  0                                            Abstain:  0

 

I, Gustavo Guevara, Jr., City Secretary, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of the minutes contained in pages 01 to 37 and they are true, complete, and correct proceedings of the City Council meeting held on October 1, 2007.

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

                                                                                    Gustavo Guevara, Jr.

                                                                                    City Secretary